New PDR Cycle ends June 15, 2025.
* PGA Members must earn a total of 54 PDR Credits
The NENY PGA Education Committee strives to cultivate and administer quality local education opportunities for our section professionals on an annual basis. These programs are also always open to any interested individual working in the golf industry and do not require PGA membership to attend.
PGA members receive 1 PDR Education credit per hour attended.
This is an online, career-enhancing educational curriculum that supports the goals of PGA members who are committed to continuously improving their business and teaching skills to meet the increasing demands of the golf industry. This online approach ensures “on-demand” access when your schedule permits, while reducing time and travel costs associated with traditional classes.
The program offers four certifications:
These four certifications follow the seven defined career paths (Golf Operations, Teaching & Coaching, General Management, Executive Management, Retail, Ownership/Leasing, and Player Development) of a PGA Professional.
This is the highest education level to be achieved by a PGA Member. A Certified Professional pursuing Master Professional status must showcase their Career Path talent in order for the Master Professional Program Review & Evaluation Team to determine that a candidate:
There are other prerequisites to begin this journey to become a PGA Master Professional
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PGA Members must earn PDR (Professional Development Requirement) Credits towards their professional development, which is the primary purpose of this requirement to maintain membership. With this in mind, PDR should assist PGA Members to become well-rounded professionals who are committed to the traditional values of golf which are teaching, playing, and promoting the game.
Player development, continuing education, networking, and participation in Section activities are a vital part of the process.
The PGA of America Board of Directors determines the PDR Requirements which typically run on a three (3) year cycle with input from the PGA Membership Committee. There are essentially three (3) buckets from which a PGA Member can earn PDRs:
*PGA Members must earn Fifty-four (54) total credits in this three-year cycle; of which at least 36 credits must come from Meeting/Education/Player Development/Professional Standards and Data.